Iconic Australian songstress Tina Arena is soon to be inducted to the ARIA Hall of Fame; she’s such a deserving recipient with the stellar career she’s had. Arena is still very much a household name at home and internationally, and her music game is as strong as ever. Her eleventh studio album Eleven is a force to be reckoned with as Tina carries the pop record with ease.
Eleven is exhilaratingly wonderful from beginning to end and you can easily draw in all of its splendour. The first few tracks enlighten you, particularly Overload with its explosive chorus and addictive pop melody. Fellow Aussie musicians Kate Miller-Heidke and Evermore’s Jon Hume co-wrote I’m Not Still In Love With You and When You’re Ready: both consisting of the emotive power of Evermore and the gracious melodies of a Kate Miller-Heidke song, with Arena making each her own.
The ballads on this album are to die for with the smooth and luscious tones that Lie In It brings to the table: even the slightly more powerful Colours can’t miss a mention. Tina’s voice has always been a memorable one, but the beat-driven Karma really demonstrates the fascinating way she uses her voice to express the right emotions. The album ends on a memorable note, Love Falls grips you with its raw emotion and once again that fantastic voice.
Eleven is lyrically and sonically some of Tina Arena’s best work over her eleven year career. She could’ve chosen to get poppier as she grew older but instead she’s made an album written with a desirable elegance: there is still youthfulness in her vocals yet, she seems to have a voice where its beauty may never seem to fade.